Body armor is a safety device. It is meant to provide ballistic protection, absorbing a bullet or impact from other weapon, helping to save your life. We all know law enforcement, military and some outdoor enthusiasts wear body armor. And that makes sense, right? But what if you don’t fall into one of those categories?
If you’re anything like me (a relative novice when it comes to body armor) you may be asking yourself “well…where do I actually wear body armor?” It’s a common question. From mothers to professionals and beyond, many everyday civilians are beginning to buy body armor. Personally, for me it was to achieve some level of peace of mind and there’s nothing wrong with that, right?
Personally, we believe everywhere to always be prepared, but for the sake of this blog, we'll break it down into a few main categories:
Law-abiding citizens in all 50 states are allowed to wear body armor. However, various states have different requirements and regulations when it comes to the process of purchasing and wearing body armor. You can read state rules and regulations with body armor here.
So, where are all the places you should wear body armor?
We know, even if you’re not an experienced enthusiast this is an obvious one. But did you know a lot of people who go to the shooting range don’t wear body armor unless it’s required?
You can familiarize yourself with how your body armor feels and affects your ability to utilize a weapon. Body armor should be incorporated in your defense training, know the ins and outs of your kit. Secondly, not everyone is experienced at shooting, there’s always the chance of an accident.
It is important to ensure you are comfortable in whatever type of body armor you decide to wear while practicing at a shooting range. Again, it may come down to what you’re training for. If it is for home defense, concealed carry, or with your EDC gear, then your armor should reflect it.
For instance, for concealed carry, you may practice with your Vertx Commuter Sling and armor bundle.
For home defense you may train with a home defense shield, or plate carrier. We would also recommend wearing a plate carrier if you’re training for combative shooting. For competition shooting, it may be our Concealable Armor Vest or Everyday Armor T-shirt. Something more lowkey, concealable, and soft armor.
Comfort and confidence are two major keys to ensuring a safe experience. We sell a variety of plate carriers and bullet proof vests ideal for such activities. You should also consider what type of weapon you intend to use. For example, higher powered rifles require an NIJ rating of Level III or above. You can check out our rifle rated armor plates here.
It’s important to know that the chances of being involved in a mass shooting isn’t very likely. However situational awareness, which includes being prepared, is the first step to keeping you safe.
Public and crowded spaces are a target in the unlikely event of a violent crime. There is no need to avoid public spaces but being prepared can bring about a sense of peace of mind.
Most often, level IIIA armor is perfect for crowded and public spaces. Level 3a armor is soft armor that can easily be concealed on your body in the form of your vest, or off body carry like a ballistic armor backpack insert.
Most violent crimes involve smaller weapons such as handguns, so that means full tactical gear and higher threat level armor is not necessary in most cases. Soft body armor ballistic vests or off body carry solutions, like bulletproof laptop cases, are probably your best option here.
This type of armor is less bulky, more comfortable to wear, conceal, and utilize. You’ll want to look for armor that is rated at a minimum of Level II. You can find more information on NIJ rating levels here.
This is one that no one wants to think about, but unfortunately schools and universities have become targets of violent crime. Again, while unlikely, being prepared for any type of violent crime is part of practicing good situational awareness.
I am going to get a bit personal here. My son is in second grade. The reality of school shootings is a legitimate fear of many parents, even if the chances are low. I first came into the world of body armor when I purchased a backpack plate from Premier Body Armor for my son after what happened in Uvalde, Texas.
And, while I hope and pray it’s never used, knowing that it provides some level of protection for my son gives me a little bit of peace of mind. And it's not just for students. Teachers, who are our first line of defense in protecting our children, also should consider some type of body armor as well.
Work is also another good place to wear body armor. Just like at schools, while rare, there are incidences of violent crime in the workplace and body armor can help save your life and provide peace of mind.
Sending our kids to school in bulletproof vests or wearing tactical gear while teaching geometry isn’t exactly practical. But there are many types of body armor that can be utilized both practically and effectively.
Soft body armor such as our bulletproof binder covers, bulletproof pencil pouches, bulletproof laptop cases, and backpack inserts are all viable options to consider for school use. In fact, Premier has a whole section of their website dedicated to school safety armored solutions.
This is a common question. Depending on your comfort level, destination, or purpose for travel, having body armor with you is a good idea. You may be wondering can you travel with body armor?
Yes, you can. If you’re traveling domestically by car, you can carry body armor across state lines. However, if you’re traveling by air there are a few things to keep in mind:
It is important to keep in mind that other countries might have different rules and regulations.
What works for one person, may not be the best fit for you. There are four main factors to consider when purchasing body armor – weight, threat level, type, and cost.
So, whether you’re planning to wear body armor for sporting or professional purposes or just looking for peace of mind, thanks to technological advancements in body armor there are many options available to meet your needs. And as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact us.
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